Ethics compliance. Two of the biggest words you will ever encounter during your political candidacy.
The first thing I did when I was just a baby politico was take the advice of my then boss and learned the ethics rules for my state, Oklahoma. If I was going to be getting donations and entering data I needed to know the rules.
To this day it is the best advice and one I hand out immediately.
Many states and cities have an ethics commission and make this information easily attainable. A simple google search I did recently showed me how to find all the ethics rules in San Francisco city elections. No state agency wants to get a candidate or worker in a trap the rules are there for you to know.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a very comprehensive list of all the ethics commissions in each state.
What is my point? Do your homework and ethics compliance just becomes another aspect of a campaign that you can master.